2014 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
October 10, 2014: NPP is delighted to celebrate the work of
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, recipients of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Their bravery and
dedication in standing for childrens' rights, including the right to an education, are truly inspirational.
National Priorities Project (NPP) has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by the
International Peace Bureau (IPB). IPB's nomination recognizes NPP's 30-year history of pioneering work to analyze U.S.
federal spending on the military and promote a national budget that represents Americans' priorities.
IPB's choice of National Priorities for this honor underscores the importance of our work –
for people in the United States and internationally.
In its nomination, the International Peace Bureau highlighted NPP's
wholly unparallelled, innovative, and essential role in working for peace with the following praise:
"Within the world's largest-spending state in terms of military budgets, i.e. the USA, few have devoted as
much energy to studying the budget process as National Priorities Project. And few have brought to the
task such a clear and steadfast commitment to re-allocating the enormous sums devoted to the military,
in order to instead address vital issues such as inequality, unemployment, education, health and the
need to build a green economy."
One-of-a-Kind Peace Work
National Priorities Project is a unique Nobel nominee. As the only federal budget research
organization in the U.S. with the mission to make the federal budget accessible to the American
people, NPP's accessible information and tools catalyze citizen action focused on shifting U.S.
federal spending and tax policy to address the complex challenges as well as the promise of our nation.
From its inception more than 30 years ago, NPP has both led and fortified a movement to track federal
spending on the military and war and use that information to engage the American public on federal
While a core part of NPP's work has been and continues to be its analysis of the military budget,
its greater mission is to crack open a complex federal budget and budget process for people in
grassroots communities across the United States who are working to change U.S. budget priorities.
NPP envisions a nation in which all Americans understand federal budget choices made by the country's
lawmakers – and where all people, as well as community and national organizations that serve people,
have the power to influence U.S. revenue and spending decisions.
Highlights from NPP's 30-year History
Greg Speeter founded National Priorities Project in 1983.
Read our 30th anniversary report.
For the past three decades, NPP has provided creative, engaging, and powerful resources for Americans and
grassroots advocates to understand and influence the U.S. federal budget. NPP has reached tens of millions
of people, supported thousands of community and national advocacy organizations, and been covered in the
media tens of thousands of times.
- 1983: Greg Speeter and colleagues produce "In Defense of the First District" documenting a $54 million dollar funding loss over two years to the first Massachusetts Congressional District. This document would forever change their elected official's stance of federal spending and became the boiler plate for similar documents produced by NPP for citizens across the United States
- 1989-1990: NPP offers trainings in 30 U.S. cities in support of a Peace Dividend and produces "Building a Peace Economy," a grassroots training manual highlighting the impact of the federal budget on the states
- 1991-1992: Collaboration with Citizens Budget Campaign on "Reinvest in America," with 16 state-specific reports focused on economic issues
- 1995: Partnership with Common Agenda Coalition to launch "Creating a Common Agenda" in Washington D.C. providing an alternative to Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America"
- 1997-1998: NPP's materials on the state and local impact of the cost of the B2 Bomber and F22 Jet Fighter help stop their funding
- 2000: NPP publishes "Choices That Matter: Federal Decisions and Your Hometown," a layperson's guide to the federal budget and its local impact for 50 states and dozens of cities and counties
- 2002: NPP launches "Cost of War" running digital counter for states and cities, a tool that ultimately is cited by thousands of international, national, state, and local media over the next eleven years
- 2005: NPP releases military recruitment data by high school, zip code, income level, and race/ethnicity, providing the first-ever analysis of disparities in enlistment and the ensuing budget impacts
- 2009: NPP's numbers begin fueling City Council and state-based budget priorities resolutions introduced and passed across the country.
- 2010: With the American Friends Service Committee, NPP launches the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars National Youth Video Contest" inviting young people across the U.S. to make films about what they would do with the $1 trillion spent on the U.S. wars
- In 2011 the U.S. Conference of Mayors passes a "Bring the War Dollars Home" resolution. Organizers using NPP's local numbers and trade-offs as a foundation for their work
- 2011: NPP re-launches its Federal Priorities Database with cutting-edge technology and data tracking social indicators, as well as the county, state, and national impact of federal spending
- 2011: With US Action and a host of national allies, NPP creates "Build a Better Budget," an online game and action tool allowing Americans to allocate federal dollars to their own priorities
- 2012: NPP co-organizes a post-election retreat focused on building alliances with labor, faith, immigrant rights and economic and racial justice organizations to strengthen the U.S. base dedicated to shifting spending priorities. A "move the money to create a new economy" frame of reference emerges across the country
- 2012: NPP releases A People's Guide to the Federal Budget, our critically acclaimed book, carried by bookstores, universities, and libraries in every state in the nation
- 2012: With Peace Action, NPP breaks ground on "Move the Money": trainings across the U.S. dedicated to expanding and diversifying the cohort of organizations advocating for a shift of Pentagon spending to meet human needs. In 2013, NPP and Peace Action incorporate conversion economy work into these trainings to build the capacity of organizers in key U.S. states
- 2013: NPP releases "Homeland Security: The Second Defense Department" with the first-ever analysis of the total cost of the Department of Homeland Security
- 2013: NPP transitions "Cost of War" to "Cost of National Security," with running digital counters for federal spending on programs ranging from the military to health care
- 2013: NPP releases an updated Trade-Offs tool to include localized spending data for 9,900 cities and towns
- 2013: NPP produces Take Back the Federal Budget, a 30th Anniversary video featuring Alia Holness, one of the first youth participants in "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" and Matt Ryan, Mayor of Binghamton, NY and a key leader in the U.S. Conference of Mayors' "Bring War Dollars Home" resolution
- 2013: Nonprofit Tech for Good recognizes NPP as one of the 50 national organizations in the U.S. for which to be grateful. NPP wins the "Great Nonprofit" award from Great Nonprofits, a Guidestar partner, for the second year in a row
Read testimonials from NPP's partners and constituents, including Robert Reich, Bill Moyers,
Congressman Barney Frank, Annie Leonard, Bill McKibben, and more.